20 best sites for free online storage and backup

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Faster Internet connections and more widespread Internet access has made it possible for us to store our files in virtual hard drives for safe-keeping and easy access. Thanks to the many online storage sites that exist, you can always have your files at your fingertips, even when you are thousands of miles away from your home computer. Let’s take a look at some of the best free online storage sites you have to choose from if you are interested in such a service.

1) Dropbox

This is the perfect storage tool for people who work on more than one computer. It allows you to sync files between any computers that have Dropbox installed on them. You are also given a public folder that creates a link directly to your files and folders so you can share them. It is also easy to share folders with other friends or coworkers who have their own Dropbox accounts as well. You get 2 GB of free storage space.

2. Mozy.com

One of the most popular online storage sites, you get 2GB of space free of charge. The software also can be set to automatically back up your computer every week.

3. Adrive.com

Easily the most generous free site, it offers 50GB of storage with the basic account. The only shortcoming is that it will not backup your files automatically, though this is not a problem for many who take care of their files diligently.

4. Docs.Google.com

Google Docs allows you to upload 1 GB of various different files and store them, however, if you convert these files to the site’s own format (which offers its own equivalents of spreadsheet, document and presentation files) you will be able to save, store and share even more information.

5. Box.net

You get 1 GB of free space with this one, and you can store your files and access them from any computer and from most mobile phones as well. It is also excellent for sharing files with friends and family because it’s easy to use.

6. SugarSync.com

This service offers 5 GB of free space and one of its best features is that it is easily compatible with PCs, Macs and almost every possible smart phone.

7. SkyDrive.live.com

This service is free when you sign up for a Hotmail or Windows Live account and it gives you a generous 25GB, though the upload process is a little slow and tiring.

8. Cometdocs.com

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You get 1 GB for free here, and the site is oriented toward documents, but you can easily use it for storing any other file types.

9. OpenDrive.com

This service offers 5 GB of free storage space, and is great for sharing with coworkers and collaborating on projects online.

10. FlipDrive.com

FlipDrive offers 1 GB of space and can be accessed from any web browser at any time. It also prides itself on being one of the most secure sites of its kind.

11. Storegate.com

This site aims at making it easy to store files, especially photos, easily and share them with friends and family. You get 1 GB with the free package and it allows you to share large files at once, such as whole folders full of pictures.

12. SpiderOak.com

Spider Oak looks to be an all-in-one service that is very well-rounded, offering free online backup, synchronization, sharing, remote access, and storage. You get a free 2 GB for life when you sign up.

13. One.Ubuntu.com

This site allows you to backup files and sync them from any computer, but also, you can save and store contacts, as well as bookmarks. You get 2 GB of space for free.

14. IDrive.com

Nothing really stands out about this service, other than the fact that it offers more free storage space than most – 5 GB.

15. DivShare.com

You get 5 free GB of storage space at DivShare, and you can really store anything, but it’s best for music and video, because it allows you to upload songs that are instantly stream-able and do not have to be downloaded to be played.

16. FileDropper

One of the better sites for hosting files. Maximum size is 5GB.

17. Megashares.com

You get 10 GB of free storage, but it’s best for sharing files quickly, because it gives you a url right away at which you and anyone else you give it to can instantly access the file.

18. Badongo.com

Badongo actually offers unlimited storage and sharing. It is another good site for people who want to stream audio and video files or make slideshows of your favorite photos and share them. Unfortunately, this website no longer works.

19. MediaFire

MediaFire is great because you have unlimited storage space for free if you open up an account. However, you cannot upload more than 200 MB at a time. It is perfect for storing and sharing things like images and music, and sharing is made easy with direct links given for each of your uploads.

20. Flickr.com

The premier site for storing and sharing photographs on the Internet, you are able to upload 300 MB of images each month. If the user has more than 200 pictures on the site, they will only be able to see the most recent 200 in their photostreams, but all the other images will remain stored and all links to these images that were posted anywhere on the Web will remain active.